Each spring, the Japanese eagerly anticipate hanami. Literally translated as “looking at flowers,” hanami celebrates the delicate pink flowers' fleeting beauty. People of all sects picnic under the blooming trees, enjoying Japanese drinks and food.
Once one of the five annual holidays held in Japan's imperial court, Tango no Sekku happens annually on May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month. In modern times, it is known as Children’s Day, or Kodomo no hi.
Although March is still cold throughout much of Japan and you may even see some snow, it marks the true beginning of spring. Two major holidays, Hinamatsuri and Higan, make it a festive time well worth celebrating—whatever the weather may be.
Are you seeking a refreshing Japanese beverage to enjoy during the spring and summer? Japan has many great options, from traditional sake to sweet plum wine. These five alcoholic Japanese drinks offer a little bit of something for everyone.
Japanese cuisine is well known for its use of fresh vegetables in season. In the month of March, both spring cabbage and broccoli are widely used in a number of Japanese dishes that are easy to make and pack a ton of flavor and health benefits.
Quick & Easy Recipes
Skewered grilled chicken covered in Teriyaki sauce is the perfect dish for everything from afternoon barbecues to formal dinners, and our easy-to-follow chicken tsukune recipe and video has everything you need to make it at home!
Many Japanese families have their own Nikujyaga recipes, which gets passed down from generation to generation. Discover your own take of the Nikujyaga recipe!
Soups are an important part of Japanese food culture, but they are often overlooked. Here is an easy recipe for a ginger and onion spiced tuna, mushroom and onion dashi soup that's perfect for almost any season.
Freshly harvested edamame beans meet the crispy goodness of deep fried rice in this classic traditional Japanese food recipe from the Akita prefecture of Japan. Make some today with our easy-to-follow recipe and video!
Wafu Pasta is an Italian-influenced Japanese fusion specialty that is popular in Japan but still not widely known in the west. Learn how to create one right here with our easy to follow authentic Japanese food recipe and video.
Combining flavorful ingredients like pork belly and shiitake mushrooms with classic Japanese seasonings like mirin and dashi, this hearty tonjiru soup will delight friends and family when you whip it up in your home kitchen.
Enjoy a snack or dessert with no artificial sweeteners! The Japanese sweet potato has been a popular snack in Japan eaten plain or sweet.
Three flavors and three colors come together in perfect harmony in our yummy tricolor soboro bowl where seasoned ground chicken, Japanese style scrambled eggs and snow peas each stand apart.
A healthy Japanese recipe that also packs a serious flavor blast, this Bean Sprout Curry with Soy Sauce recipe uses ingredients like pork, sake and curry powder to create a light meal that can be served at any time.
This slimy and gooey mushrooms are surprisingly tasty! You can reduce the amount of water if you want a stronger flavor.
Oranges and citruses are called “kankitsu” in Japan. Out of many varieties, we introduce you to a few must-try kankitsu Japanese citruses. Which one do you want to try out?
Niboshi ramen is a specialty seafood ramen from Aomori prefecture. Learn how to make it at home using premium niboshi powder that adds strong umami flavor to your everyday ramen.
Naoshichi sudachi is one of the rarest citrus fruit unique to Kochi prefecture. It resembles a lime but packs umami flavor like no other. Find out how to use it to add refreshing citrus flavor to your everyday dish.
Tosa Dish is the regional food of Kochi Prefecture. From Katsuo No Tataki (seared skipjack tuna) to Sawachi Ryori (platter full of local delicacies), discover the unique flavor of Kochi.
Umami Insider interviewed Nobu from Yama Seafood, a master of seafood behind the delicious fish you eat at notable restaurants in tri-state and beyond. Find out what makes Yama Seafood one of the best in the seafood industry.
On the island of Honshu in Japan, a unique culinary tradition persists. Maple trees are stripped of their foliage, known as momiji, which is then preserved in salt and ultimately deep fried as a snack.